With more than half of all US adults suffering from heartburn, it’s crucial to stay hydrated.
So, why not make sure you’re consuming plenty of water?
According to a new study from the American Heart Association, drinking more than a quart of water per day may reduce the risk of developing a heartburn.
However, even if you’re drinking more, you should still follow the guidelines outlined in the AHA’s Guidelines for Determining Your Intake.
While you may think that drinking a lot of water would help keep you hydrated, the American Academy of Family Physicians warns that if you drink more than what’s recommended, it can actually lead to dehydration.
According to the AAPF, dehydration may be caused by a lack of nutrients such as electrolytes and calcium.
This can cause you to lose fluid and electrolytes, which in turn can cause a decrease in your body’s ability to control your blood pressure and heart rate.
So if you feel like your thirst is waning, you might be better off drinking a little water than a lot.
How much to drink depends on your weight, age, body size, and overall health.
For example, older adults, those with hypertension and people with diabetes have a higher risk of heartburn than younger people.
But people who don’t have any heartburn risk factors have a lower risk.
Also, if you have a history of heart disease, it may be more beneficial to drink less than recommended.
So the guidelines don’t recommend drinking less than 1.8 liters (three gallons) of water a day.
And if you’ve never been dehydrated, don’t worry.
This is the point in the study where you’re probably most likely to suffer a heart attack.
you may want to make sure to drink more water than recommended, since the AAA recommends that people who are at least 55 years old and who are overweight or obese should drink 1.6 liters per day.
This number varies depending on age and gender, so check with your health care provider before deciding.
And while this is a great guideline, the guidelines also recommend that people limit their water intake to one-third of their normal intake.